A HealthierUS

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A HealthierUS

Obesity, diabetes, and asthma are some of the most prevalent and costly chronic health problems facing the nation. Increased exercise and better nutrition are simple measures that can prevent or delay many chronic diseases. The Steps to a HealthierUS program funded innovative community-based programs that seek to adopt proven measures to reduce the burden of obesity, diabetes, and asthma-related complications, with a particular focus on youth. In 2004 President Bush's budget requested $125 million for Steps to a HealthierUS. Here are some benefits of the Steps to a Heathier US program.

Heart Health:
Regular physical activity can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of illnesses such as Type II diabetes or heart disease.

Bone Support:
Exercise is a good way to build strong, healthy bones and can help slow the bone loss associated with getting older.

Sense of Well-Being:
Being in good shape can give you more energy, reduce anxiety and depression, improve self-esteem, and help you better manage stress.

Social Life:
Staying active can be a great way to have fun, make new friends, and spend quality time with family.

Physical Appearance
You look better when you're in shape. Staying active helps you tone muscles and maintain a healthy weight - and can even improve your posture.